May 2023

Dear Transitioners

We are much enjoying working with Mike and Nick on our new project, Friends of the Lower Wye, starting with funding for their testing kits, Wye July and other events – and we are delighted that we have already been successful in securing some initial funding for them – thank you, Monmouth Town Council!

The pollution in the Wye as it passes through Monmouth is at shocking levels – around 21% from sewage, and 74% from agriculture.  There is much to do, starting with:-

A symposium ‘Working Together – Saving the Wye’:  19 May, 6.30 to 10pm at Bridges:  Friends of the Lower Wye bringing together Natural Resources Wales,  the Environment Agency and River Action, the event will be chaired by the BBC investigative reporter Nicola Goodwin to answer the following:-

  • What their body does and who do they answer to?
  • Plans going forward for the short, medium and long term – 2023, five years and ten years?
  • Cross border working relationships now and in five years
  • How do they view citizen science and the results obtained?
  • How can the general public help you to achieve your goals?

Book your ticket at if you would like to attend (all welcome, no charge)

Visit to Regen Ben:  16 June:  Details in due course but if you would like to attend send your expression of interest to  You might like to read his fascinating story at

Wye July:  9 July:  Entertainment, information and fun on Chippenham Field with exhibits from clubs, groups and organisations that have a connection to the river, a procession with the Algae Monster and many other attractions – more details soon

Now a request.  While we are usually able to secure funding for our various projects, we have to cover our running costs with fundraising events and, inevitably, costs have escalated, in particular our insurance which has doubled this year.  So – we will be selling raffle tickets and we hope that you can all help with selling them to your friends and family – £1 each in books of five – please let me know how many you would like.  Monmouth Rotary very kindly do all the work and pay the raffle prizes, so we get 100% of the proceeds – thank you, Monmouth Rotary!

Join us and hear all about it from the comfort of your armchair, along with local community heating schemes, the various events in the coming months, and take the opportunity to have your say on any issues you would like to raise at our Members’ Meeting next Tuesday, 16 May at 7.30 pm:-

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Meeting ID: 349 625 828 842
Passcode: SK6cds

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We look forward to seeing you!